Academic Competitions

Academic Decathlon

CyberPatriot

Mathletes

Poetry Out Loud


What is Academic Decathlon?

The California Academic Decathlon is a statewide non-profit organization that promotes an educational experience providing a format in which teams of nine high school students compete in academic events. All California public and private high schools are eligible to compete. The Academic Decathlon embodies a partnership of business, foundations and individuals in cooperation with the education community and county offices of education.

There are an estimated 500 high schools, approximately 13,000 students who participate annually in Academic Decathlon in California. The makeup of each of the nine member teams must include three A students, three B students, and three C or below students.

Academic Decathletes take 30 minute multiple choice tests in the subjects of Art, Economics, Music, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. In addition, each team member gives a planned 4 minute Speech and a 2 minute impromptu Speech, participates in a 7 minute Interview, and has 50 minutes to write an Expository Essay.

The Super Quiz Relay, the final event, is open to the public and features questions from subject matters including Art, Economics, Music, Language and Literature, Science, and Social Science.

Elk Grove High School's Academic Decathlon Advisor is Ms. Loveridge.

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What is CyberPatriot?

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. CyberPatriot was conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.

Elk Grove High School's CyberPatriot Advisor is Mr. McNally.

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What is Mathletes?

The Mathematical Association of America’s American Mathematics Competitions (MAA AMC) Mathematics Competitions leads the nation in strengthening the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem-solvers. Through classroom resources and friendly competition, the MAA AMC program helps America’s educators identify talent and foster a love of mathematics. The MAA AMC program positively impacts the analytical skills needed for future careers in an innovative society.

The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.

The AMC 10 is for students in 10th grade and below, and covers the high school curriculum up to 10th grade. Students in grade 10 or below and under 17.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 10. The AMC 12 covers the entire high school curriculum including trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry, but excluding calculus.

Students in grade 12 or below and under 19.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 12.

These competitions are administered around the country on a primary and alternate date. The AMC 10/12 provides an opportunity for high school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers.

Elk Grove High School's Mathletes Advisor is Mr. McNally.

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W
hat is Poetry Out Loud (POL)?

POL is an extraordinary opportunity for high school students to learn great poetry and perform it. POL is a free program that helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage and compete for college scholarship funding.

The structure of POL is similar to a spelling bee. This annual program starts in the fall with high school teachers using the free POL teacher toolkit and related materials to teach poetry recitation and run classroom competitions. POL does not require full class periods and can be completed in 2-3 weeks. Following a pyramid structure, classroom winners advance to a school-wide competition. Each school’s champion competes at the district or county level by mid-February, and county winners are treated to an unforgettable two days at the California Poetry Out Loud State Finals in Sacramento in March.

Elk Grove High School's Poetry Out Loud Advisors are Ms. Hamilton and Ms. Lee.

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